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Is Sarah Palin Certifiably Insane?

by Open-Publishing - Friday 12 September 2008

Edito Wars and conflicts USA Russia Mary MacElveen US election 2008

Sarah Palin is not opposed to going to war with Russia

By Mary MacElveen

Like Ed Koch who endorsed Barack Obama citing of Sarah Palin, “She scares me”, I would have to side with the former mayor. In reading where Palin stated in her interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson she is open to the idea of a war with Russia, it does create a sense of terror within me.

While I did not watch the interview, this was enough for me and reaffirmed my support for Senator Obama and Senator Biden and for so many reasons. It goes to show how little she understands this complex world we are living in and why we do need a vice president like Joe Biden.

After 9/11 when Bush did unite us immediately afterwards, he squandered the resolve coming from the American people in setting his sights on Iraq. At that moment in time, we as a country would have risen up as a whole to go after those responsible. Sadly that unity did not last. What also transpired with our plans on invading Iraq is that he squandered what good will of the world community. We have yet to fully gain that back.

I was shocked beyond belief when asked if we would have to go to war with Russia because of their invasion of Georgia, her answer was a flippant “Perhaps so.” I am still trying to wrap my brain around that answer since the head of our country namely our president and vice president must exude an air of confidence. That answer is tantamount to sticking one’s finger up in the air and seeing which way the wind blows.

What Palin fails to realize is Russia’s nuclear capability as well as the toll taken when humans are sent into the battle field. We are already bogged down in Iraq and we also have troops in Afghanistan as well as limited forces in Pakistan. With what military force can we even think of going to war with Russia?

Russia roughly has one million troops which is on par with the amount of troops we have, but with one big difference, we are already fighting one war in two separate countries and a military that is at the breaking point. Many of our troops serve more than two tours up to six tours of duty. It would be unconscionable for the next president to engage in yet another war when this mission has yet to be accomplished. We have also been at war since 2001 in Afghanistan and 2003 in Iraq and God only knows how many more years we shall be engaged in these wars.

At this point, we have to rebuild our relations around the world and we must remember that McCain gave his carte blanche in heading into Iraq: So, this answer by Palin makes absolutely no sense should she and McCain even entertain going to war with Russia if they invade another country, “I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help," Yes, called upon, but with the rest of the world not trusting us: How is this feasible? Will the world community see McCain as a continuance of Bush? Will our allies truly join in our military action against Russia? How will countries such as China and Iran take to this when they have close ties with Russia?

In reading this statement of Palin’s, “It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries." My reaction was, “Huh?” While I do not pretend to be a foreign policy expert, her statement is indeed confusing. This is where we do need clarity and a vice president with thirty years of experience. Oh yeah, Joe Biden. Please remember he is the head of the senate foreign relations committee.

In an eye-opening piece, Fraser Nelson who writes for the Spectator wrote in his column, The Cold War is back of Russia’s Topol-M missile, “The missile tested last week takes off so fast that no missile defense system could detect it in time. The new variant of the Topol-M missile will have multiple warheads, which splinter so they cannot be shot out of the sky. America’s floundering missile defense system cannot hope to offer protection. Washington struggles to keep up: two months ago, another interceptor missile fired off Alaska fell into the Pacific having failed to recognize, far less hit, its target. America is losing the ballistic missile game.” He wrote this article last year and I have written of it in the past. Just how can we compete with a missile system like the one Russia has in its arsenal?

In previous articles, I have said this of Russia as we have been bogged down in Iraq that they have rebuilt the arms race as Bush and yes McCain took their eye off the ball. McCain speaks of change; well the real change cannot be found with him, if he acted in consort with Bush in allowing for this to happen.

Now we come to the cost of yet another war. Presently the war in Iraq is costing all of us $10 billion dollars a month. As I reported in a prior piece, our budget deficit stands at $9.5 trillion dollars and our trade deficit stands at $6.5 trillion dollars. With what money do we use to go to war with Russia? With the bail out of Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae: How much will the taxpayers have to dole out while the executives of those companies made off with millions?

I wrote a piece the other night discussing narco-terrorism which is happening at our southern border and where fatalities have encroached our border. Whoever the next president is, must deal with that first since it is taking the lives of Americans clear across this country. People are dying within our own borders due to the gang violence associated with narco-terrorism.

This is what I think Sarah Palin is failing to recognize and quite frankly any talk of going to war with Russia will not be met with open arms across this country by a war-weary people.

When Senator John Kerry spoke these words on January 25, 2007, profound is the word that came to mind, “We lack even a special envoy there day to day, hour to hour, leveraging the Arab League, leveraging the United Nations, working with the U.N. Perm Five, working with the neighboring countries, doing the kinds of significant, heavy diplomatic lifting our sons and daughters who are dying deserve.” I had to underscore that since that is precisely what has been missing from this broken government.

That is exactly the message and more importantly actions we as a country should be taking and with Biden being second in command, I feel countries such as Russia would listen to him instead of Palin. At this point we cannot be sending out anymore hawkish signals but dial it down. I would also suggest to Palin that the complete text of his speech be read in its entirety.

In closing we have already lost too many troops. In Iraq we have lost to date, 4,158 and in Afghanistan we have lost, 519. Should McCain and Palin choose to go to war with Russia, I cannot even fathom the count. Can you?

You can reach the author at this email address, xmjmac@optonline.net



Forum posts

  • Forgive me - she and her husband are both uneducated and unaccomplished and parents of a pregnant teenage girl.

    Yes, she goes with the hunters and find pleasure in killed and bleeding animals.

    They call these people in the US trailer trash and also white trash.

    • LOL..

      White trash..

      The more they talk about her like this, the more votes she’s getting.

      Obama has not even or cannot even reach the 50% level in over a year.

      As for the hunting...thing lets see just 200 million weapons are in the USA alone, meaning that we are mostly hunters in general. And, as almost every president in American in 250 years has hunted one way or the other (meaning people too) I guest we all are trash to the great Euro trash persons.

      Pregnant teenage girl well that’s pretty norm any where in the world, I think Europe has the greatest number of ’unmarried pregnant teenage girl’ in the world. In fact Europe alone has the greatest ‘unmarried couples’ in the world I believe now, as that is what you mean as to pregnant teenage girl quote, because young women can have babies really young if the want.

      ‘Euro trash’ we call that..LOL

      have a great euro day…buy dollars (USA) that is or did you not notice the euro is being dump..!

  • It’s Shake N Bake.....
    and I.....
    helped start the Rapture and the Apocalypse........

    • Rapture and the Apocalypse

      That’s interesting..The words because if you look at history this type of stuff always really happens in Europe not the USA.

      Not just millions of people are killed but sometimes 100 of millions.

      America really does not have stuff like that happening,

      We are pretty much calm and collected about hurting each other.

      I mean we do not cut peoples heads off over a comic book Muslim thingy..


  • Sarah Palin is milfacious and babilicious. Who cares if she’s as dumb as a sack of hair?